Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone before the election

Henrietta Brewer
March 5, 2017

President Donald Trump has called for an investigation into his claim Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be "wiretapped" during the U.S. election.

In follow-up Tweets peppered with his favoured exclamation marks, he accused Obama of personally tapping his phones after being turned down by a court, and called him a "bad (or sick) guy". The president also invited a "good lawyer" to formulate a case against the alleged "tapping".

Trump raised eyebrows once again early Saturday, offering no evidence for his claim but stating that his predecessor ran a "Nixon/Watergate" plot "during the very sacred election process".

Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser to Obama, tweeted that presidents can't simply order wiretaps as Trump suggests.

An Obama spokesman denied the charge, saying it was "a cardinal rule" that no White House official interfered with independent Justice Department investigations.

"It's just ridiculous for the president, President Trump, to say that President Obama would ever order any wiretap of an American citizen, any president", she said. Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Justice Department says Sessions will reply in writing to questions from Senate Democrats about his meetings with Russia's ambassador a year ago. Trump at the time blamed the hacking on "gross negligence" by the Democratic National Committee.

If there wasn't a FISA warrant issued already, Trump's tweets just admitted that there should be. "I promise you I will".

"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign", Clapper said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press".

While Trump provided no evidence, the messages came after the Breitbart News, the media outlet previously run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, published a story on Friday outlining actions supposedly taken by the Obama administration to monitor Trump Tower that Breitbart reported were aimed at undermining the Republican's campaign. DNC officials told Buzzfeed the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't asked for access, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Wired magazine that it "repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed" until after Russian Federation was implicated in the hack.

There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress, it added.

Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed in 1950 that known communists were working in the US State Department.

His claims sparked calls from Republican and Democrat politicians alike for details to back them up.

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